Local News & Archive — May 20, 2016 at 9:30 am — Updated: May 20, 2016 at 12:42 pm

North Wales Coast beaches retain awards

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Seven beaches in the Point FM area have retained their Welsh coastal awards for 2016.

The coveted Blue Flag status has been kept by Prestatyn Central for the highest water quality and safety – while there are Seaside Awards for Rhyl Central, Rhyl East, Sandy Cove (in Kinmel Bay), Pensarn and Talacre.

Marine Lake in Rhyl has also retained its Green Coast award for high environmental standards.

Across Wales, the number of Blue Flag beaches and marinas has increased by six to 47 – among those awarded the accolade for the first time were Tywyn beach in south Gwynedd and the marinas at Porthcawl and Penarth in the south.

This year’s winners were announced at a ceremony in Swansea. Keep Wales Tidy chief executive Lesley Jones said: ”The coastline is very important for Wales as it boosts local economies and the tourism industry and allows us to showcase our beautiful country. In 2015, we saw a growth of 7% of visitors to the Welsh coastline and as a mark of quality the Wales Coast Awards are pivotal to the continuing growth of coastal tourism, whilst also ensuring the beaches and marinas are managed effectively to accommodate the increase in visitors.”

 

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